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Monday, December 6, 2021  |  1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

The Continuing Evolution of EDs: A Brief Look Back & Dive into the Future

Jason Dunkel, MBA, M. Div.
President and CEO, AdventHealth North Pinellas
John Grattendick AIA, ACHA
Project Manager, HuntonBrady Architects
Hernan Rivera, AIA
Associate Principal, HuntonBrady Architects

Healthcare executives, their staffs, facility managers, planners, and architects need the most current information before embarking on renovating, expanding, or building a new emergency department. Input from expertise within the hospital and as well as a perspective from the larger healthcare community is essential. With fierce competition, wait times posted on billboards, and online scheduling, the hospital must develop a business plan that ensures success. Rapid growth in the number of FSEDs requires research on the demographics of patient population when considering where and how large their facility should be. Change is also occurring inside the department itself:

-Its location with respect to the main entrance of the hospital.
-An evolving central core into space for many highly trained specialists.
-Treatment rooms changing in size and character with many distinct environments.

A case study of an ED relocation and expansion provides insights into the latest design trends.


1. Understand the demographic data that has led to the dynamic growth of emergency departments.
2. Learn how hospitals respond to a rapidly changing healthcare environment.
3. Understand the design drivers used to create spaces conducive to effective treatment while sympathetic to patients and visitors.
4. Learn strategies to address complicated renovations and tight budgets yet create an impressive community asset.


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